Thembekile Shato


  • Hometown: Harare,  Zimbabwe
  • Year in school: Graduate Student
  • Program of study: Public Health

Hello! my name is Thembekile Shato a visiting research scholar in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. I am also a second year M.P.H student in Epidemiology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa.

My research interests include health equity, HIV prevention, access to HIV/AIDS services among marginalized populations in low resource settings, adherence to medication in chronic illnesses, and child, maternal and reproductive health. From a research methodological approach, I am interested in the mixed method approaches. I have a broad range of research experiences, including an honors thesis on the early childhood development which was focused on exploring the working conditions of teachers involved in early childhood development. Currently, I am conducting research on how the integration of antenatal care and antiretroviral treatment services impact mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Besides my academics, I enjoy dancing, playing guitar, listening to music and watching TV shows, including Greys Anatomy and Modern Family. I love swimming and I would probably do it more if I wasn’t so worried about my hair.